World Suicide Prevention Day

Local coalition seeks to raise awareness and break the silence

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition (HSPC) is using the day to help promote its key message of “Silence Hurts” throughout the region. Along with presentations to target groups throughout Halton that day, the Coalition is also offering a free community event at Holy Trinity Secondary School, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“The HSPC is a collaborative of individuals and organizations providing a valuable service throughout Halton,” said Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “Halton Region is proud to be a member of the coalition because, working together, the partnership provides leadership, advocacy and education to support everyone in our community.”

The Oakville session will focus on the subtle signs of someone considering suicide and how to respond; how to seek help as an individual or deal with a loss; and what local supports are available. It will also include a presentation about developmental assets®, which are the proven positive experiences all children need to reach their potential.

“Suicide is a real issue in our community,” said Chris Pickersgill, Chair of the Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition. “The coalition’s goal, through community forums and our other resources, is to help reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental health. Help is available in Halton.”

To find out more about the HSPC, and how to get help, visit www.suicidepreventionhalton.ca. You can also attend the Coalition’s November 8 annual general meeting with keynote speaker Dr. David Goldbloom, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

For services available to those struggling with depression or mental health issues, call Halton Region to speak with a public health nurse by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, or visit www.halton.ca/mentalhealth.

The Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition provides leadership, advocacy, and education to the Halton community on suicide, prevention and community needs. The coalition is a loose-knit collaboration of some 30 Halton organizations and agencies as well as interested individuals and survivors of suicide throughout the Region. Membership is open to all individuals and organizations concerned about suicide awareness, prevention, intervention, and postvention in Halton Region.


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